kim te krtam ksiti tapo bata kesavanghri-
apy anghri-sambhava urukrama-vikramad va
aho varaha-vapusah parirambhanena
O mother earth, what austerity did you perform to attain the touch of Lord Kesava’s lotus feet, which has brought you such great joy that your bodily hairs are standing on end? You appear very beautiful in this condition. Was it during the Lord’s current appearance that you acquired this ecstatic symptom, or was it perhaps much earlier, when He stepped upon you in His form of the dwarf Vamanadeva, or even earlier, when He embraced you in His form of the boar Varahadeva?
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains the thoughts of the gopis as follows: “‘Perhaps the trees and plants [mentioned in the previous verses] did not hear our question because they were in trance, meditating on Lord Visnu. Or perhaps, since they will not tell us where Krsna has gone, they are hardhearted even though they live in a holy place. Anyway, what is the use of unnecessarily criticizing the residents of a holy place? We cannot tell if they really know where Krsna has gone. So let us find someone who definitely knows where He is.’ Thus the gopis concluded that since Lord Krsna had to be somewhere on the earth, the earth herself must know His whereabouts.
“Then the gopis thought, ‘Since Krsna always walks on the earth, she is never separated from Him and thus cannot understand how much His parents, girlfriends and servants suffer in His absence. Let us ask her what austerities she has performed to gain the great fortune of being constantly touched by the feet of Lord Kesava.’”